BARE Essentials: Surviving Lust, Life & Self

I am so happy to announce that my first poetry book, BARE Essentials: Surviving Lust, Life & Self is now available for purchase!


I must admit, I was pretty nervous about it. For so long I talked about writing a break out poetry book and this time I finally just did it! It’s not the longest book in the world and I know with time I’ll continue to grow and develop as a writer. But for now I am going to enjoy celebrating this great achievement of mine! I am so happy for all of the support over the years and I am happy to say that this is only the beginning. I am working on a novel, which you can read a few of the excerpts on here under upcoming books.

BARE Essentials can be purchased on Amazon.

Thanks again for all of the support and I can’t wait to give you all more of my work and pieces of me along the way.


Left Behind

After volunteering to give you the world,

I realized the offer had fallen on deaf ears.

But the loss would never be mine.

The absence of my presence would teach you a lesson

far greater than harsh words or cruel intentions could ever inflict.

The sweetest revenge was simply moving on and letting go.

Better was on the horizon and happiness was near

by knowing I’d never be incomplete

because I loved myself to not settle for an inadequate love.


-AKT Authentic

Making It

Because more often than not,

the days are just bittersweet blurs

that pass by without a second thought

or an ounce of joy.

Only hours of productivity and not a gleam

of satisfaction.

All the while that little voice in the back of your mind

continues to ask the daunting question,

you’re unsure of how to answer

but it remains,

“Is this worth it?”…

The L Word

Lonely is its own kind of beast.

The one we run from but never really defeat.

A creature that comes along with life’s highs and lows.

Lonely will put up a good fight when it tries to take control.

But there’s one thing that can keep lonely bound.

And that’s refusing to let it run your perseverance into the ground.

Mind over matter will surely come into play.

Stand firm, smile and say affirmations to keep lonely at bay.

Lonely will try to disrupt your inner peace.

However, you must tell it, “you will not take over me”.

Lonely disappears when you don’t give it attention.

Don’t fret or worry when lonely is mentioned.

Because one thing you can be sure of, is that you are not alone.

So lonely shouldn’t have the privilege of ruining your mind, soul or home.

Hood Logic

Man listen…

Don’t you get tired of the same ol’ shit?

Don’t you get tired of the same ol’ clique?

Don’t  you get tired of the same old games?

Don’t you get tired of not elevating your brain?

Y’all love to hang around the same type of group.

A bunch of no good niggas and bitches tryin’ to get the scoop.

Over petty situations that don’t mean none of y’all any good.

But everyone quick to yell they love bein’ from the hood.

And for what?

Don’t you have higher aspirations?

Ain’t you tired of guessin’ who your baby daddy is?

Ain’t you tired of burnin’ from tricks?

Instead of lookin for the next one who’ll suck yo dick?

All I wanna know is, what’s the point?

Cause you won’t find any happiness at the end of your blunt.

You won’t find a peace of mind in a bottle.

So stop getting  caught up on the first one that’ll holla.

“Hey, what’s up, hello” like ya name Fetty Wap.

But in reality these folks ain’t got squat.

And no I’m not speaking in terms of material possessions.

The type of people you stay dealing with don’t have a personality to invest in.

Mentally you get less than what you deserve.

Emotionally they don’t even care if you hurt.

Physically they can’t even get the job done.

Shit since we being honest, you can’t even get you one.

But it’s cool, I get it that’s all you know.

All I’m saying is, that hood logic you abide by is keepin’ you low.

Cause I want more than this “hood shit”.

I got enough of that by growing up in it.

You can do better, you got a lot of potential.

All this hood logic don’t even make sense.

If you keep this up, you’ll be referenced in past tense.

That’s just being straight up honest, catch the hint, get a clue.

Before you become a hashtag and the police kills you.

Black Lives Matter, but y’all steady with the shit.

We got bigger enemies than the mess you deal with.

Get over yourself and fuck your clique.

Grow the hell up and stop reasoning with this hood logic.